Bethel explores new ways to help maximize value of liberal arts
As more and more students start college undecided about a major, Bethel College has been implementing ways to address that trend.
And one of its most effective tools may be the oldest -- its liberal-arts nature.
Anywhere from 33 percent to 50 percent of incoming freshmen -- depending on the institution -- are undecided when it comes to their choice of major.
Even those who start college with a declared a major have a good chance of changing their minds, sometimes more than once, by the end of their sophomore year.
Furthermore, a study of graduation rates of 7,000 students at Western Kentucky University suggests students who enter college without declaring a major may actually enjoy the best chance of graduating in four years.
Bethel’s newest plan to meet this current reality is an Undecided Major Program.
In their first two years, students who come to Bethel undecided will be guided in completing all lower-level general education requirements while exploring major areas.
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